Political Violence To Increase If Left Unchecked – ZPP

By Staff Reporter

Harare, June 30, 2016 – THE Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has warned the current violence targeted at Zanu PF opponents was likely to persist if authorities did not deal effectively with it.

This follows the attack on Zimbabwe People First supporters who had attended their leader Joice Mujuru’s star rally in Harare this past weekend.

Seven activists were injured from two different attacks and were reported critical when they were admitted in hospital.

The targeted members were confronted in Harare South areas of Glen Norah, Southlea Park and GlenView.

Zanu PF continues to deny any hand in the attacks but victims have fingered Harare provincial executive member and MP Shadreck Mashayamombe as having been responsible.

A week before, seven MDC-T activists were left nursing injuries sustained from an attack by alleged Zanu PF supporters during a constituency meeting organised by party MP for Zengeza West MP Simon Chidhakwa.

ZPP said in a statement it was increasingly concerned with apparent violations which were being reported, often with little action from the authorities.

“The Zimbabwe Peace Project is concerned by the rising incidents of violence targeting political activists exercising their constitutionally guaranteed political rights, freedom of assembly and association as well as right to personal liberty,” said the group in a statement.

“ZPP is also equally concerned about the continued violation of the right to demonstrate and petition as well as the freedom of expression and freedom of the media and access to information.”

ZPP continued: “With flagrant violations to the right to personal security enunciated in Section 52 (a) ZPP is worried that when citizens are not sure of their security a whole set of other rights are violated among them the Freedom of assembly and association enshrined in the Constitution in Section 58 (1) and (2).

ZPP further appealed to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission to investigate the violations to allow citizens to enjoy their constitutional rights.

“As long as other parts of society are left to perpetrate violence without accountability the trend will grow out of proportion.”